Harvey Guillen is an American actor well known for portraying the role of Guillermo de la Cruz in the television series What We Do in the Shadows. The series earned him a nomination in the 2021 Critics’ Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Guillen has starred in numerous series like The Owl House, Mickey Mouse Funhouse, Archer, The Casagrandes, Reacher, Harley Quinn, and many more.
He has also played Holt Thorne in the 2017 American supernatural horror movie Truth and Dare, Lonnie Gregory in Status Update, Joaquim Wolfson in Werewolves Within, and many more.
Guillen is set to appear in the upcoming American superhero movie called Blue Beetle, based on the DC Comics character Jaime Reyes/ Blue Beetle.
Is Guillermo de la Cruz gay?
The latest season — season four — of What We Do in the Shadows contains a bit of a romance between Nandor, played by Kayvan Novak, and Cruz, played by Guillen.
Throughout the series, many people wondered about Cruz’s sexuality. Similarly, before season four was released, Novak and Guillen teased viewers about the future of “Nandermo,” a ship between Nandor and Cruz that fans are eager to watch.
In the ninth episode of the most recent season, Cruz’s long-hidden lover was finally revealed not long after he came out to his family. Spoiler alert: he has been dating a man named Freddie.
Meanwhile, Nandor wanted to transform Marwa, played by Parisa Fakhri, into an exact copy of Freddie, which caused a significant distance between him and Cruz.
There is still time to explore Nandermo’s destination with one episode left in the season, which will premiere on September 6, 2022. And happily, the show’s two-season renewal gives viewers hope as it moves into its upcoming, confirmed seasons.
And just like the show, Guillen is also a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community in real life. He is openly queer.
‘What We Do In the Shadows’ actor discusses his own experience in the shadows
What We Do in the Shadows is an American comedy horror television series on FX that premiered on March 27, 2019.
Guillen wrote, “I suppose the answer is that he(Cruz) was hiding in shadows all along-something I personally can relate to,” on Esquire.
He felt it was essential to handle Cruz’s coming out story authentically. He claimed that if a mirror had been placed on his face while filming the coming-out episode, he might have seen a “younger version” of himself.
“I knew I was different pretty early on, but as a child, you just want to be accepted,” Guillen pointed out. Throughout early elementary school, he was “himself,” but as time passed, the kids sensed “something” that was natural to him.
The kids referred to Guillen with some homophobic slurs like Mariposas translated to butterfly. He was even hit by a rock by kids, and blood started to flow down his face.
Harvey Guillen at Hollywood Critics Association. (Source: Instagram)
Guillen rushed back to his mother, told her about the Mariposas incident, and asked what it meant. But his mother responded with, “who cares what they say? Mariposas are beautiful.”
After hearing what his mother told him, Guillen felt that he was not alone anymore and described, “Those kids may not have accepted me, but the people who mattered the most always did.”